The Los Angeles Kings played their first evening game at the Staples Center since Jan. 12 and were able to salvage a point against the Vancouver Canucks on Valentine's Day. In a tightly contested affair, the Canucks came away with a 4-3 victory in a shootout. Many of the great moments throughout the evening were captured on Twitter.
The Kings were completely into the Valentine's Day spirit. The Kings Ice Crew were very excited and Kings fans had the opportunity to purchase one of three Kings Valentine's Day cards. They included the messages of "I'll never let go, Jack" with an image of goaltender Jonathan Quick, "I've only got eyes for you" with an image of defenseman Drew Doughty and "I'd LaDue anything for you" with an image of Paul LaDue.
Prior to the game, the Kings honored former defenseman Sean O'Donnell as part of Legends night. O'Donnell, who played eight seasons for the Kings from 1994-2000 and again from 2008-2010, received a Maurice Lacroix watch courtesy of the Feldmar Watch Company. Also before the opening puck drop, American Idol winner Maddie Poppe sang the Star Spangled Banner.
During the game, the theme of love continued as the Kings honored military captain Anthony C. Posey who surprised his fiancee with an appearance at the Staples Center. Meanwhile, it was a special night for Kings assistant coach Dave Lowry, who was celebrating his 54th birthday.
From a game perspective, one of the most memorable moments on the ice came in the third period when Ilya Kovalchuk delivered a huge hit on Canucks defenseman Alex Biega. The reaction of two of Kovalchuk's teammates (Alec Martinez and Drew Doughty) was captured on Twitter.
The Kings next home game is Feb. 16 when they host the Boston Bruins at the Staples Center. Get your tickets today!
We're not crying, you're crying.— LA Kings (@LAKings) February 15, 2019
Welcome home, Captain Posey ❤️ pic.twitter.com/e4VCmRvmxc
Wishing Assistant Coach Dave Lowry the best birthday 🎉 pic.twitter.com/ZXYxwDDCMv— LA Kings (@LAKings) February 15, 2019